The Balearic nautical sector recovers in 2021 the figures lost during the pandemic
Throughout 2021, 1195 recreational boats were registered in the Balearic Islands, representing an increase of 17.16% over 2020 and 4.2% over 2019, according the 'Annual Market Report for Recreational Yachting 2021', edited by ANEN from data provided by the Directorate General of Merchant Marine.
According to the study, this is, on a national scale, the "best year in terms of recreational boat registrations since 2008, before the economic crisis". In this context, the Balearic Islands, with 16.65% of the boat registrations in Spain, is the autonomous community with the third largest market share, only surpassed by Andalusia, with 21.6%, and Catalonia, with 18.1% of the nautical market.
In terms of the charter market, a total of 491 boats were registered in the Balearic Islands in 2021, 63.37% more than the previous year. The archipelago accumulates 24.65% of the registrations of the whole country in this category.
"The evolution of nautical activity since the middle of last year indicated that 2021 would be a good year for the nautical market, and Spain has surpassed the barrier of 7000 recreational boat registrations, a figure not reached since 2008, before the economic crisis that reduced the sector to 70% of its volume," says Carlos Sanlorenzo, secretary general of ANEN. "A new crisis, in this case related to health, has brought to light the best of the nautical sector, the strength it has achieved in recent years and the great ability to adapt as an economic engine and pillar for the promotion of quality nautical tourism," he stresses.